22nd September 2021
An innovative joint working project designed to help patients get home from hospital more quickly to aid their recovery was recognised in a shortlist at the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Patient Safety Awards on Monday, 20 September, 2021.
The Discharge to Assess Team (D2A) is made up of staff from Stockport Council, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust and Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The team was shortlisted for the prestigious HSJ Award in the ‘Changing Culture’ category. The nomination was listed as ‘Stockport – One Shared Vision’.
The three organisations worked closely together during the pandemic to design new ways of working so patients can now go home sooner with a package of social care in place.
Staff from the different organisations now work together in dedicated groups and have been praised by patients for their ‘tireless’ efforts getting them out of hospital to safely continue their recovery at home.
While the Stockport team narrowly missed out on scooping the top gong, it was an outstanding achievement to be recognised for the ongoing joint working that the three organisations have achieved through this project.
Councillor Jude Wells, Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Health, said: “We are thrilled to have been recognised along with our colleagues in the Stockport NHS Foundation Trust and Stockport NHS Clinical Commissioning Group for our work with the Discharge 2 Assess team at last night’s HSJ Patient Safety Awards. The team made a significant contribution to improving the lives of patients in Stockport, by allowing them to return to the comfort of their homes earlier out of hospital. The D2A team is a great example of what can be achieved when we work together across organisations.”
“It was fantastic to see all of the inspiring work that has gone on across the country during the pandemic.”
Dr Cath Munro, Chair of Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “I am very proud that the CCG, along with our colleagues at NHS Stockport Foundation Trust and Stockport Council, were nominated and recognised nationally, by their peers, for this award.
“It shows an innovative approach to providing the best possible health and care Services in Stockport. Congratulations to all staff involved, who can be proud of this achievement.”
In addition, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust were shortlisted in the ‘Improving Care for Older People Initiative of the Year’ category, for their work developing the Acute Frailty Service and its offering to vulnerable residents.
Karen James OBE, Chief Executive, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust said: “We were to have been shortlisted for the Improving Care for Older People award, recognising the collaborative efforts and dedication of our staff members over the last 12 months to successfully implement the Acute Frailty Service. We are committed to delivering improved outcomes for our patients, and to be chosen among the other incredible nominees is a wonderful achievement. This nomination has been a tremendous boost to our staff and I am sure it will bolster our continued efforts to improve our services.”
A full list of winners and shortlisted nominees can be found at: https://awards.patientsafetycongress.co.uk/winners-2021.
Congratulations to all of the finalists and winners for the fantastic work that has gone on across the UK to support residents and improve patient safety.